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Old 02-09-2018, 01:29 PM   #1
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cracked propane pigtail hose

I was surprised to find a crack on 1 of the 2 propane pigtail hose yesterday.. less than 1 year owning the RV.

I think it's Camco.. and looking at Amazon review, it seems this is an issue.

Has anyone found a better pigtail hose for our setup?
Also, is it easy to replace the pigtail?

Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:56 PM   #2
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I was surprised to find a crack on 1 of the 2 propane pigtail hose yesterday.. less than 1 year owning the RV.

I think it's Camco.. and looking at Amazon review, it seems this is an issue.

Has anyone found a better pigtail hose for our setup?
Also, is it easy to replace the pigtail?

Thanks!
I replaced the ones on my 17 twice in the 6 years I owned it. High heat, combined with vibration & age seems to do them in.

Not at all difficult, although they come in different lengths - measure yours to get the same. Depending on the fittings, flare type do not use teflon tape, while standard threaded ones should use yellow teflon tape or pipe dope.
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Has anyone found a better pigtail hose for our setup?Also, is it easy to replace the pigtail?
Here is a post I made when I replaced pigtails. Much better hose quality is the Mr. Heater brand. Link in the post.

Propane leak at the tank connection
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Here is a post I made when I replaced pigtails. Much better hose quality is the Mr. Heater brand. Link in the post.

Propane leak at the tank connection
Didn't know at the time of our replacement Mr. Heater were the best but besides a new regulator used those new hoses . Pat
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I changed both the regulator and pigtails with Marshall brand within the first year. Best part is no more weird noises coming from the regulator.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:21 PM   #6
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If the current hoses screw directly into the aluminum regulator body with a pipe thread, I suggest adding adapters to inverted flare, and using hoses with inverted flare ends, as described in the discussion linked above. It will save trouble in the long run, especially if multiple hose changes are required.

Essentially all tank pigtails now have the QCC-1 connection, which means they have the big plastic hand nut which engages coarse acme threads on the outside of the tank valve, so it's hard to buy anything but the right hose, as long as the regulator end and length are right. On the other hand, Escape uses pigtails containing excess flow valves with a higher flow rating - those can be identified by the green nut; the standard flow rated version has a black nut. It is probably a good idea to get the higher-flow (green) ones.

I doubt there's much difference between major brands. I just buy whatever brand I find in local stores, and have never had to replace one later (but we don't have hot weather here).

The replacement just takes the right size wrenches (or a couple of adjustable wrenches and some patience), plus thread dope or tape if you have to handle a pipe thread. It's not difficult compared to most RV maintenance work, but due to the involvement of propane it's worth doing right and checking for leaks.
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I heard gas escaping when I valved in the propane while preparing for our trip last week. Both pigtails were severely cracked and one was leaking (see photo). I'm surprised they failed after only 4 years (manufactured June 2014), since the hoses on my 20-year old grill still are in great condition.

I ordered stainless-steel reinforced pigtails, on sale from Camper World: https://www.campingworld.com/rv-type...gtail-flare-15. I hope they last longer.
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Propane hose vulnerability?

Since this thread is centered on propane hoses, this information may be related.
Recently obtained a 2015 17B from a fine gentleman in West Virginia, and wished to freshen it up, so to speak.
Noticed that the propane bottles pan, which is attached to tongue with self tapping screws had some rust. Removing the pan revealed the screws had rusted extensively, and rust had started attacking the tongue as well as the bottom of the pan. Grind/sand and paint; can do!
Noticed main propane supply hose from regulator was fed through hole in pan which did not have any type of grommet on raw metal to protect hose from chaffing. Perhaps splitting some hose type material to mount as a grommet will work.
Any recommendations?
Otherwise, hoses and connections appeared in good shape. Based on the information others have provided we will keep an eye out for those problems.
Thanks!!
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Since this thread is centered on propane hoses, this information may be related.
Recently obtained a 2015 17B from a fine gentleman in West Virginia, and wished to freshen it up, so to speak.
Noticed that the propane bottles pan, which is attached to tongue with self tapping screws had some rust. Removing the pan revealed the screws had rusted extensively, and rust had started attacking the tongue as well as the bottom of the pan. Grind/sand and paint; can do!
Noticed main propane supply hose from regulator was fed through hole in pan which did not have any type of grommet on raw metal to protect hose from chaffing. Perhaps splitting some hose type material to mount as a grommet will work.
Any recommendations?
Otherwise, hoses and connections appeared in good shape. Based on the information others have provided we will keep an eye out for those problems.
Thanks!!
Another good place to check. Thanks! I will probably use one of these.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-...-AST/202522461
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A couple weeks ago (July long weekend) as I was preparing the Escape for a trip to Banff, I opened the valves on my propane tank and heard a hissing. Sure enough, one of my propane hoses had a crack. Since I was in a rush to get away, I ended up paying the extorsionist prices at a local RV shop for a new hose, which was nearly twice the cost of a similar product on Amazon. I guess that from now on, when connecting my tanks I will pay a little more attention to rotating the tanks a small amount as required to minimize the bend radius on my hoses.
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